1970 Lower Dash - Think this can this be restored?

80WA7113

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May 22, 2002
1,590
Indianapolis, IN
I can't tell you how much I really enjoy that kind of work. It's the details that make all the difference in the world. My wife says that's the engineer part of me channeling...

I'm going to save my flat vanes, and should I ever be lucky enough to come across another set, I will happily transplant them into the cars deflectors. I just didn't want to have mis-matches in my dash. Honestly, nobody would ever have noticed a mis-match, but I would have known they were there. And knowing me, that's all that I would ever see each time I get in the car.
 

sprink

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Apr 27, 2008
605
ffx, va
Just backed up and followed work.
Great job saving it.
Who didn't cut the dash up in the 70s, 80s?
Hopefully u don't get rid of the car and the next owner hacks it back out!
 

80WA7113

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May 22, 2002
1,590
Indianapolis, IN
Ok gang, this is the last group of pictures to show what the ultimate goal of restoring that lower dash was to lead up to in my mind. I've probably got between 20-25 hours into this dash all together, including all of my nit-picking alignment. Of course I will have to make minor tweaks when I mount it in the car, but those should be minimal, and final installation shouldn't be much more than plug-n-play.

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THE END
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hubedobeedo

3rd times a charm
Jul 18, 2013
1,065
Huntertown,IN
Ok gang, this is the last group of pictures to show what the ultimate goal of restoring that lower dash was to lead up to in my mind. I've probably got between 20-25 hours into this dash all together, including all of my nit-picking alignment. Of course I will have to make minor tweaks when I mount it in the car, but those should be minimal, and final installation shouldn't be much more than plug-n-play.

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THE END
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if you put that kind of detail in the rest of the car it will be Very Nice! great job! keep up on progress, thanks for sharing.
 

70lt1z28

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Oct 3, 1999
5,036
Beavercreek, Ohio, USA
Very nice work and an interesting set of parts. A Z28 tach with an AC dashpad. Adding AC to a Z or a higher redline tach to base engine? Did you do the silver edging by hand or tape it off and spray? I don't have a steady enough hand to try by hand.
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80WA7113

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May 22, 2002
1,590
Indianapolis, IN
The car was originally a base Camaro 350 / TH350 car. It now has 383 410hp mated to the original TH350 (which has been beefed up).

I was just planning on getting a 150/7K combo cluster, but when the (as I consider it) the holy grail of all Camaro clusters was presented for sale by a member here, I just couldn't pass it up. So I bought and restored it.

As far as the A/C dash? The car came with a brand new Vintage Air system uninstalled, and the original pad was long gone, so it was decision time. I could have gotten a non A/C dash and put the center vents in the console cup, but I didn't like that idea, and decided on the A/C dash.

Also, I taped off and sprayed the lower dash trim. I have a steady hand, but not that steady.
 

tom3

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Aug 1, 1999
15,170
ohio
Getting off topic but - I see your car is on wheel dollies/casters. Do those work pretty decent or get jammed up on every grain of sand when you move the car around? I have a work side and a storage side in my garage, those could come in handy if they work.
 

80WA7113

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May 22, 2002
1,590
Indianapolis, IN
Getting off topic but - I see your car is on wheel dollies/casters. Do those work pretty decent or get jammed up on every grain of sand when you move the car around? I have a work side and a storage side in my garage, those could come in handy if they work.
They work great. It makes getting the car out of the way easy. You have to lay into the car a bit when moving it out or back in because the wheels have to pivot 180º, but once they rotate, they roll freely. Keeping the wheels and pivots lubed helps too.
 

giggity

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Mar 18, 2013
1,759
Pearland, texas
might have been my installation, but keep in mind that the factory radio helps to hold the dash a little.

The radio put a lot of pressure on the dash knob area when I installed the lower part. Not sure if the radio was supposed to go in after the lower dash. It just didnt seems like there was enough room to get radio in after putting lower dash in.

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